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Åsgårdstrand is situated 10 km south of Horten, 10 km north of Tønsberg and 100 km south of Oslo by the west coast of the Oslofjord. In this small, southern idyllic town you will find art gallerys, hotel, a couple of bakeries, a café, grocery stores, bank and a pub. There are also several summer open bars and restaurants around the older part of the town. In addition, In June every year, Åsgårdstrand celebrates Midsommer - the longest day of the year - with a large fire on the shorefront.

In picturesque Åsgårdstrand you will find the Åsgårdstrand women´s bathing club, which is committed to carrying on the long-held bathing traditions of this small coastal town. Situated on the southern tip of Horten municipality, this cozy town with its characteristic white clapboard houses contains much else besides, and is still a hospitable and sunny seaside resort with excellent hotels and summers filled with visitors from far and near. For boaters, the town is a gem, and has an almost Mediterranean atmosphere when the sun is at its warmest.

Edvard Munch bought a 18th century mariners house at Åsgårdstrand in 1897. Munch used the house as a summer home and studio up until his death in 1944. Today the house and studio have been turned into a museum. Edvard Munch´s House, with he himself dubbed "The Happy House", is Åsgårdstrand´s biggest attraction. It was here that Edvard Munch lived and found the inspiration for so many of his famous paintings. Galleries with art exhibitions and the Oriental rug gallery are other places you should visit in Åsgårdstrand.

Åsgårdstrand is best known as the place where Edvard Munch painted "The Girls on the Bridge". The reason for this is the very special light which the best artists either went to Åsgårdstrand in Vestfold or Skagen in Denmark to experience.

From 2007, the town has had the classification of a Tourist Town, which gives the shop owners in the oldest part, closest to the sea, the right to keep open all days of the week. In order to become a Tourist Town the number of visitors needs to greatly exceed the number of residents throughout the year.

From the beginning of the 19th century, Åsgårdstrand, was a lively export harbor for lumber, of which most was exported to the Netherlands. By the end of the sail ship era, the trade stagnated.

Since the 1920s Åsgårdstrand has been a popular vacation and recreational spot. Both the Dutch royal family, prominent guests from Oslo and other rich and famous travelled to the small town each summer and spent their holidays. Summer guests are still leaving their mark on the idyllic town.

Åsgårdstrand was increasingly known as an important center for artists and painters and since the 1880s a vast number of internationally famous painters has either visited or lived in the town. Painters like Edvard Munch, Christian Krogh and Hans Heyerdahl. Edvard Munch bought a 18th century mariners house at Åsgårdstrand in 1897. Munch used the house as a summer home and studio up until his death in 1944.

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